Cambodia, situated in the heart mainland of South East Asia, is best known for the mysterious ruins of Angkor, but the country has much else to offer. Slowly recovering from the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, this fascinating country attracts more and more visitors with tropical beaches, colonial architecure and numerous natural attractions.
Spend a day exploring the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Tonlé Sap is home to ethnic communities, living in 170 floating villages in the shacks on stilts. The schools, shops and temples are built directly on water, and all transport is by boat. In the rainy season, the lake waters rise nearly to front doors. The most popular village to visit is Chong Kneas, located near Siem Reap. The village of Kompong Luong, near the town of Pursat on the western shore of the lake, is one of the most interesting.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Siem Reap, we encourage you to stay at 4* Kiri Residence with excellent reviews. This property is situated in a tranquil area of Salakanseng Village, located within a 10-minute drive of Siem Reap International Airport and 15 minutes from World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat Temple, The French Quarter is only 3 km away. The property offers complimentary airport pickup services as well as a free shuttle service to the city centre. It features an outdoor pool and massage services. The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, featuring free drinking water and a private en suite bathroom equipped with a bathtub and a shower. All rooms have a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and air conditioning. Some rooms have a private balcony offering views of the pool and garden.
In Phnom Penh we encourage you to stay at 4* V Hotel Phnom Penh with excellent reviews. This 4-star hotel boasts an outdoor saltwater pool and a spa centre. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Independence Monument and Central Market are 1.4 km from V Hotel Phnom Penh, Royal Palace and Chaktomouk Conference Hall 2 are 2 km away. The nearest airport is Phnom Penh International Airport, 9.3 km from V Hotel Phnom Penh. Airport transfers are available at additional charges. Contemporary-style air-conditioned rooms open up to views of the city or garden. Soundproofed rooms are fitted with a flat-screen cable TV, DVD player, minibar and desk. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. En suite bathrooms include shower facilities, bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. Guests can indulge in various massage treatments at the in-house spa and wellness centre.
What to do:
Watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Take a boat to the floating villages of Tonlé Sap.
Watch artisans at work and buy some traditional articraft.
Learn how to cook Cambodian food. If you’re brave enough, you can taste the famous fried spiders and crickets.
In Siem Reap you can visit the pub street and night market or explore Cambodia Landmine Museum.
In the Mekong River you can see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. There are only between 66 and 86 dolphins left in the upper Cambodian Mekong area.
Visit Kratie, a small town located on the banks of the Mekong River. Discover its central marketplace surrounded by old, French colonial buildings.
Admire the spectacular buildings and immense sculptures of Koh Ker, the capital of the Khmer empire in 928-944 AD. The site is dominated by a 30 meter (98 ft) tall temple pyramid.
Visit pepper farm or silk farm.
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